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Find out the story behind remote Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

When I first visited Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge at the end of 2004, what struck me most was how in heaven did this amazing high-end Costa Rica eco-lodge come to exist in the middle of a jungle on the sea, with nothing else around? The question is a valid one given Nicuesa Lodge’s completely isolated...
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A liquid sky of blue stars – bioluminescence in Costa Rica

One of my absolute favorite scenes in the 2012 movie “Life of Pi” is when a huge glittering whale jumps out of a sparkling night sea behind Pi’s raft, everything around them glowing from amazing bioluminescence. Another favorite is the illuminated neon forest in the movie “Avatar.” Bioluminescence is most common in the tropics. Walking...
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Playa Nicuesa, Golfo Dulce

5 Tropical beaches you want to visit in southern Costa Rica

Tucked between the Osa Peninsula and the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, the “Sweet Gulf” of Golfo Dulce is the perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure-seekers. Circling the warm blue waters of Golfo Dulce is a tropical rainforest with secluded beaches and an amazing biodiversity. Here you can encounter all four species of...
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Blue Flag Ecological Award Costa Rica

Costa Rica eco-lodge named cleanest beach in the country

The trash problem of the world’s oceans has reached epic proportions. However, in the small Central American nation of Costa Rica, 108 beach communities have taken a stand against litter and pollution and are working to make a difference in the world predicament. The record number of Costa Rica beaches received Ecological Blue Flag Awards...
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Dine on fresh Latino-style cuisine at Nicuesa Lodge

What’s cooking at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica?

Let’s face it; we all care about what we eat. So if visiting a remote jungle eco-lodge is in your plans, you might be wondering if mealtime will resemble a Mission Survive episode with creepy-crawlies and vermin. In fact, remote  Costa Rica eco lodge   Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge gets regular rave reviews from guests...
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Dolphins in Golfo Dulce

A dolphin tale: See wild dolphins in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

The last time I was at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, I was down at the beach cooling off from the hot sun in waist-deep tranquil waters of the Golfo Dulce, when suddenly there was a splash very close behind me. I turned quickly to look out toward the Gulf and was greeted by three Bottlenose...
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Edible Landscape Photo Contest at Nicuesa Lodge

Win a trip to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica with cookbook photo contest

Whenever I travel anywhere that serves delicious meals, I always think, “How can I recreate this at home and enjoy it again?” In the case of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica, now I can. The Costa Rica rainforest lodge by the Osa Peninsula has released a free PDF downloadable Edible Landscape Garden Cookbook...
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Costa Rica rainforest

Costa Rica leads world in green economic performance

Right behind Sweden and Norway as the top Green Countries in the World, is the little Central American nation of Costa Rica. According to the recently released 2014 Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI), Costa Rica is the third best Green Country in the World. The Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI) measures the green economic performance...
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Nicuesa Lodge rainforest Costa Rica

Does real eco-tourism exist in Costa Rica?

There is a lot of talk in travel about eco-tourism and being sustainable. But what does that really mean? Is that simply turning off a few lights, not wasting water and recycling the trash? According to the United Nations, sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to...
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Howler monkeys in Costa Rica

Monkeying around on the Osa Peninsula Costa Rica

I never get tired of watching the monkeys in Costa Rica. It is so much fun to watch the cute, miniature-sized Squirrel Monkeys jump and play, and marvel at the ingenuity of clever White-faced Capuchin Monkeys. Spider Monkeys are wonderful to see swinging gracefully through the trees with their long arms, legs and tails. And...
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Piedras Blancas National Park & Golfo Dulce

Jaguars and monkeys and whales on Osa Peninsula Costa Rica! Oh my!

Down in the very south of Costa Rica there is a rainforest you dream to see. Thankfully off the tourism “superhighway” and explored only by adventurous intrepid travelers, it is a place of rugged mountains, plunging waterfalls, free-flowing rivers, striking beaches and magnificent towering trees in dense rainforest. Jaguars roam freely, scarlet macaws soar overhead,...
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Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

A favorite place to visit in Costa Rica: the Osa Peninsula

“In a remote and lush corner of Costa Rica, lies a realm of giant trees, roaring monkeys, jaguars on the prowl, and breaching whales. This is one of the last places on Earth where virgin rainforest grows right to the high tide line, and a visitor might walk for hours – or days – along...
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Playa Nicuesa Beach Costa Rica

Costa Rica eco lodge is unique place for rainforest retreats

Imagine attending a workshop or a retreat, but instead of a conference center or event hall, you were surrounded by sounds of lapping waves of 80-degree calm Pacific gulf waters and roars of howler monkeys in Costa Rica eco lodge. This is what it is like to have a seminar or retreat at Playa Nicuesa...
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Jaguar at Corcovado

Guided visits at Corcovado National Park

If you want to visit Corcovado National Park now it must be with a local guide expert accredited by the office of the protected area.  As the Osa Peninsula Conservation Area informed, this measure entered into force in February 1st. “By its topography, scenic beauty, extreme adventure and degree of difficulty, its trails are class...
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Costa Rica - Jaco Beach

Top 10 Costa Rica vacation destinations

Costa Rica is a top world travel destination because it has something for everyone: tropical rainforest, green mountains, spectacular beaches, active volcanoes, wild rivers and lakes, and charming towns. The dry tropical forest and wide savannas of the north Pacific are as varied as the dense, steamy jungle of the south Pacific, the misty cool...
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Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Top Costa Rica eco lodge to host scientific guest lecturers

Two top U.S. biology research scientists are coming to Costa Rica in early March to lead a study trip deep in the Costa Rican rainforest on the south Pacific Coast of the Golfo Dulce. The scientific tour will be held March 1-7, 2014, at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a member of Enchanting Hotels & Resorts...
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Scarlet Macaw at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Scarlet Macaws still fly free in Costa Rica

A flash of brilliant red, blue and yellow, and a loud raucous squawk, and you know you are in the jungle. There is nothing quite like the sight of wild Scarlet Macaws flying overhead or contentedly gathered in bunches in a treetop to give you the full feeling of being in the tropics. Their distinctive...
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Costa Rica Central Pacific Coast

5 Places for a Costa Rica winter getaway

Costa Rica’s summer season is beginning, just in time to beat the winter blues with affordable winter vacation destinations. Find your winter sun in Costa Rica, an easy and fun tropical getaway. Miles of beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make for great beach vacations. Rainforests, cloud forests and active volcanoes provide exciting...
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Osa Peninsula marine protected area sought in Costa Rica

  The southern Pacific Ocean off the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is an amazing natural wonder of marine biodiversity, home to more than 25 species of dolphins and whales, four of the world’s eight different sea turtles, along with manta rays, sailfish, marlin, tuna and sharks. The southern Pacific, and especially Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf)...
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Lapa Rios eco lodge in the Costa Rica rainforest

5 Reasons to visit Costa Rica now in off-season, and where to go

I love traveling in off-season. High season travelers and summer vacationers are gone. Back to school and back to work, which means better travel opportunities for me and you. Off-season is when crowds disappear and prices drop, as hotels, tour operators and airlines look to attract travelers with deep discounts. Granted, it’s not the low...
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Playa Nicuesa guest with a Jack fish catch

Fishing Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce brings sweet success

I remember the first time I caught a needlefish. Its electric blue teeth and skeleton (seen upon filleting) were a shocking surprise. The needlefish is tricky to catch given its long, narrow jaws filled with needle-sharp teeth (hence, its name) that usually cut fishing line like dental floss. Once you have one, though, they are...
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Humpback whale tail, Golfo Dulce, photo by CEIC

Humpback whale-watching season starts in Costa Rica

At the very bottom of Costa Rica, the placid blue waters of the Golfo Dulce shine like a mirror most days, reflecting occasional clouds and the immense cerulean sky. Its calm surface is broken by the odd small, local boat cruising along, but the most action is caused by dolphins frolicking or fishing, sea turtles...
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Chocolate is food of the gods in Costa Rica

Chocolate: Food of the gods in Costa Rica

Creamy, gooey, mouth-melting, milk, white, dark, bitter, sweet … chocolate melts our hearts not just our taste buds. As the story goes, chocolate was once considered gold. Prized by the Aztecs and Mayans, and formerly reserved only for royalty in Europe, chocolate has held an irresistible allure for cultures worldwide over the past 4,000 years....
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Scarlet Macaw pair in Costa Rica

Carara National Park is tropical bird watching paradise

One of the most brilliantly beautiful tropical birds is definitely the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). Its loud, raucous squawks carry for miles, so usually you hear them before you see them. When you do sight a Scarlet Macaw in the wild, they are breathtaking – fire engine red bodies with sunshine yellow and royal blue...
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